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This page features current news and views from Skye and elsewhere.  It will also provide an opportunity for others working locally to report research and results.

Influx of Little Auks

18th January 2016

Little Auk is a regular winter visitor to Scotland usually after strong onshore winds when large numbers can be recorded off the east coast.  The current winter has been exceptional with thousands of birds noted along the east coast and up into the Moray Firth.  Much scarcer on the west coast we noted the first birds in the form of a casualty at Mallaig on December 21, and subsequent to that several were found on the west side of Skye.  Since the start of the year birds were increasingly reported in the shallow and sheltered east coast lochs and this was probably associated with good numbers of small fish in places such as the Sound of Raasay associated with strong northerly winds.  Guillemots and Razorbills were also present.  Because of their tiny size, they are vulnerable in extreme conditions and also to predation, so it is not surprising that  a number of dead Little Auks have been found.  Within the last few days dead Guillemots have also been found so food sources may well be a challenge.  More Little Auks have been recorded during this period than at any time since the website commenced.


Highland Bird Report 2017

Published by Highland Branch of the SOC, the 2017 report is now available at a cost of £9.  The report extends to 180 pages and contains a Skye and Lochalsh year summary provided by yours truly.  There are also several images in the publication from Martin Benson and myself. 

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